New Delhi, Sep 27: The Supreme Court on Thursday scrapped Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code, an adultery law, describing it unconstitutional, archaic and manifestly arbitrary.
A Five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, comprising Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra in its majority judgement ruled that “adultery is not a crime”.
While the reading the verdict, CJI Misra said “Mere adultery can’t be a criminal offence. It is a matter of privacy. Husband is not the master of a wife. Women should be treated with equality along with men”.
“Legal subordination of one sex by another is wrong. Social progression of women and views of Justice Nariman in Triple Talaq case considered. Adultery can be grounds for dissolution of marriage”, the Chief Justice of India stated.
As per the adultery law, a man can be punished for having an with a married woman without the consent and connivance of her partner.
Here’s who said what on Section 497 (Adultery) verdict :
Rekha Sharma, NCW chief: “I welcome this judgement by Supreme Court. It was an outdated law which should have been removed long back. This is a law from British era. Although the British had done away with it long back, we were still stuck with it”.
Petitioner’s lawyer Raj Kallishwaram: “It is a monumental judgement. I am extremely happy with the judgement. The people of India should also be happy”.
Tehseen Poonawalla, Columnist: Section 497 that is the #Adultery law is already scrapped . Well done SC. More power to u . Majority judges already spoken.